Leatherback Conservation

100% of the eggs laid by these magnificent creatures along the beach would be taken by poachers. Volunteers are needed to patrol Costa Rican beaches

Are you interested in working with sea turtles in Central America? Our partner organization in Costa Rica helps sea turtles through conservation, research, sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. This organization is composed of an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators who are committed to the recovery and sustainable management of sea turtle populations that are dangerously low in number. Their Nesting Beach project is located in a remote area on the Caribbean coast, bordered by the sea on one side and a canal on the other. These beaches are the nesting site for many leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtles who come to lay their eggs here. Without the help of this organization, 100% of the eggs laid by these magnificent creatures along the beach would be taken by poachers. Volunteers are needed to patrol the beaches at night when the turtles are active, searching for recent nests or turtles that have come ashore to lay their eggs. The eggs are then relocated to a hatchery where they are protected by the organization until the eggs hatch and the baby turtles can be returned safely to the ocean. This project is only accessible by boat through the beautiful Tortuguero canals, offering volunteers a unique experience where they are fully immersed in nature.

Leatherback Conservation Volunteers take a boat to the project site. Early morning patrol. Your backyard. The patrol beach. An injured turtle gets care. A hawksbill turtle receiving care.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Required Documents
Interview, health certificate and application.
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Any questions? Just ask. We at Animal Experience International (AEI) are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Since most of the activity happens at night, during the day volunteers are free to play sports, swim in the canals, go kayaking, fish, go birding, walk along the beach or read in one of the MANY hammocks.

Water Sports


What's included?
Airport pick up and drop off, accommodation, meals, on-site training, donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual,Partner Organization’s volunteer handbook, Placement Partner t-shirt, Emergency support while at Placement, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance, Travel discounts, 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Since these projects are in remote areas, your first night will be spent in volunteer housing in San Jose. We will pick you up from the San Jose international airport, provide you with a hostel room to sleep in and then take you to the centre the next day (your first day of volunteering).


Volunteers stay in shared cabins at the location of the project. Accommodation is comfortable but simple. During the day, enjoy the hammocks while you rest up for your evening patrols! Solar powered lighting is available in common areas at night, but there is no electricity for personal needs. Cell phone signal is limited and there is no internet access so you will be enjoying Costa Rica without distraction.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Three delicious Costa-rican meals will be provided for you each day. Unlimited coffee, juice and water is available. Vegetarian and vegan food is available.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Limon/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Animal Experience International (AEI) will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Animal Experience International (AEI) during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Tobias Bolaños International (SYQ) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.
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Puerto Limon, Limon, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

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